Hushed public hearing gives Binghamton confidence in budget

By Jillian Marshall

May 6, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A public hearing on a more than $100 million budget comes with empty chairs in Binghamton.

Seven people attended the Binghamton City School District's proposed 2014-15 budget public hearing on Tuesday night.

When it came time to ask questions, the small crowd remained hushed.

Board members said they aren't worried, and that the crowd shows the public is happy with the budget.

"Moving forward with a transparent budget, so hoping that that means that the public supports us and that we've done due diligence in presenting a budget that's fair and responsible," said Assistant Superintendent of Administration Karry Mullins.

The $108 million spending plan includes a 2.95 percent tax levy increase, and property owners would still qualify for a property tax rebate.

This budget also maintains all jobs and programs in the district.

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 15, BCSD Superintendent Dr. Marion Martinez will host an online budget discussion. The public vote on the budget is May 20.